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633 Ratings


Directed by Valeska Grisebach
Germany, Bulgaria, 2017


A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside. The foreign land awakens the men’s sense of adventure, but they are also confronted with their own prejudice and mistrust due to the language barrier and cultural differences.

Western Directed by Valeska Grisebach
Grisebach’s restless, exploratory camera and her scrupulous attention to perfectly cast nonprofessionals only feed the impression of events spontaneously unfolding among everyday citizens, free from imposed narrative structures or belabored thematics.
January 02, 2019
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That it’s at once a singular concept, an homage to an entire genre and yet another entry into a recent trend of European cinema that’s taking on the economic crisis is both its earnest allure and its ‘gimmick’—its originality in spite of confessed intentions otherwise is so impressive as to seem contrived, but alas, that’s not the case.
May 11, 2018
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Grisebach’s sights are set on the reticent subjectivities of male characters. Her style falls between Bressonian precision and the Dardennes’ fulsome affect. Western is also allied to Claire Denis’s Beau Travail(1998) and Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy (2005), which observe the intimacy of all-male spaces. Grisebach too explores the ways men labour, act and interact, their unspoken and brittle bonds.
April 12, 2018
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